140. Under the Rainbow


Movie: Under the Rainbow

Release Date: July 31, 1981

Director: Steve Rash

Starring: Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eve Arden,

Tag Lines: “A Giant Comedy.”

“Who knew so many little people would throw such a huge party?”

“Somewhere, Under The Rainbow, way down low – Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher and 150 midgets are fighting valiantly to save our country against all Oz!”

Relevance: I loved ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as a kid. Let’s face it, I loved ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as an adult. It will, of course, be showing up on my list of most influential movies of all time but not until much later this year. Everything I saw related to the film, I was instantly attracted to. So when I saw the trailer to ‘Under the Rainbow’ playing on HBO, I knew it was a film I had to see.

I watched the movie with my family and it instantly became a household favorite. It was one of those movies that made us all laugh hysterically, to the point of tears. Even my mom, who really wasn’t a huge fan of “silly” comedies enjoyed certain aspects of it. She was a huge fan of Carrie Fisher, so I am guessing that was her main attraction. The rest of us laughed at the hilarious antics that were happening on the small screen and we watched the movie over and over. It was one of those films that HBO seemed to play incessantly and we watched it every time.

‘Under the Rainbow’ was not a very popular film. It did not win much praise from critics and barely pulled in any money at the box office. It did however grab the attention of a pre-teen boy that happened to love ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as much as silly comedies. It was a match made in comedy heaven. It may not have won any awards, but it won the hearts of my family. Every time I think of the movie I can picture my dad wiping away tears from laughing so hard or hear my mom saying, “It’s so stupid.” Those are good memories, all from a little picture that probably very few knew existed.

Today’s Thoughts: “The bigger the dream, the bigger you are.”

As soon as I heard the song “Things are Looking Up Today” playing over the opening credits, a smile appeared on my face. All of the memories from watching ‘Under the Rainbow’ as a kid flooded back to me instantaneously. I haven’t seen since the film since the 1980’s and I was totally excited to watch it again today.

Silly, ridiculous, inappropriate, probably politically incorrect in today’s world but still one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It was such a joy to revisit this most likely forgotten gem of a comedy. It’s so, so funny. I literally laughed out loud many times watching all of the sight gags, prat falls, keystone cop like chases and some of the best quotes and lines I ever heard.

“The pearl is in the river”

“Come back here with my bucket. That’s my favorite bucket.”

“Now, it’s four blocks north and the owner lives up over the pet shop and he’ll let you in anytime. I bought a sheep there once.”

The cast is absolutely fantastic. Aside from all of the little people who steal this movie, Chevy Chase is as witty as ever, the late Carrie Fisher is absolutely gorgeous and the rest of the ensemble add to the over-the-top antics perfectly. Eve Arden, one of my favorites, Pat McCormick and Adam Arkin are all delightful. Special shout out to Zelda Rubenstein, one of my favorite ladies from the 1980’s. I forgot she was in this film so it was a pleasure to see her pop up. She will be back for two more films on this blog towards the end of the year.

‘Under the Rainbow’ probably wouldn’t be made in today’s politically correct world, so I am very grateful that the 1980’s weren’t so politically correct. The film brings back so many fond memories from my childhood and simply makes me smile from ear to ear. I highly recommend checking out this Chevy Chase comedy that may have flown “under” your radar.

See what I did there.

Ways to Watch: YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu. Amazon Prime, DVD Availability.


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